Cable television revived some interest in these shows during the 1980s and 1990s, and eventually new shows began to be made along the old concepts.Variations featuring LGBT contestants began to appear on a few specialty channels.Gimmicks were the lifeblood of all such shows, which drew criticisms for instigating disaffection that could not have been effected.The genre waned for a while but it was later revived by The New Dating Game and the UK version Blind Date, and the original shows were popular in reruns, unusual for any game show.Other shows focused on the conventional blind date, where two people were set up and then captured on video, sometimes with comments or subtitles that made fun of their dating behaviour.He Said, She Said focused not on setting up the date, but on comparing the couple's different impressions afterwards, and for their cooperation offering to fund a second date.As the genre progressed, the format developed towards a reality-style show and more into a relationship show then simply finding a mate.
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The person behind the screen could hear their answers and voices but not see them during the gameplay, although the audience could see the contestants.
The various suitors were able to describe their rivals in uncomplimentary ways, which made the show work well as a general devolution of dignity.
Questions were often obviously rigged to get ridiculous responses, or be obvious allusions to features of the participants' private areas.
The Newlywed Game, by contrast, another Barris show, had recently married couples competing to answer questions about each other's preferences.